Province announces more support for children, youth with autism spectrum disorder

Eight new specialists are being hired to help young people with autism spectrum disorder who are experiencing serious behavioural issues.

The Brief Intensive Outreach Service program will consist of two teams, one based out of Cape Breton and the other in Halifax.

Each will have a social worker, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, and psychologist.

Government says the teams will work with children and youth under 19, as well as their families, for six to eight weeks.

The program will be run by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre, and will be accessed through existing mental health and addictions services.

The teams are expected to be up and running this summer.

The province says the $800,000 investment for this initiative comes through the Canada-Nova Scotia Home and Community Care and Mental Health and Addiction Services Funding Agreement.